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Virginia put together an amazing regular season campaign, but picked the final weekend to have a setback. The Cavaliers were swept by North Carolina over the weekend, and South Carolina, which took two of three on the road against Alabama, climbed back into the No. 1 spot in the Perfect Game Top 25 rankings.
Elsewhere around the rankings, Oregon State dropped from No. 4 to No. 7 after a series loss to USC, Florida State dropped from No. 5 to No. 8 after a series loss to Clemson, North Carolina vaulted from No. 15 to No. 10 after sweeping Virginia, Rice vaulted from No. 22 to No. 15 after taking a huge road series from Southern Mississippi and Fresno State dropped from No. 14 to No. 25 after getting swept by Cal State Bakersfield.
Stetson is the only team to depart from the rankings. The Hatters had a rough week that included a home series loss to Belmont. As a result, UCLA, which won two of three against California over the weekend, entered the rankings for the first time in several weeks at No. 24.
The conference breakdowns are as follows: ACC 6, SEC 4, Big 12 3,
Pac-10 3, Conference USA 2, Sun Belt 2 and Big East, Mid-American, MWC, Big West, and WAC all with one representative.
The Perfect Game Top 25 is released each Monday during the season, and always will include an additional listing of 25 teams to watch and a live chat with college baseball managing editor Kendall Rogers.
1. South Carolina (44-12)
Previous ranking: 2, Weekly record: 3-1
The Gamecocks regained the top spot after another great week that included a midweek win over UNC Asheville and a weekend road series win over Alabama.
2. Virginia (45-9)
Previous ranking: 1, Weekly record: 0-3
The Cavaliers had been incredibly consistent this season, but they took a small step back over the weekend with a series loss to North Carolina, losing all three games, and two of them by just one run.
3. Texas (40-13)
Previous ranking: 3, Weekly record: 2-1
The Longhorns faced rival Texas A&M over the weekend and took care of business in the series by winning two of three from the Aggies to share the Big 12 regular season title.
4. Florida (41-15)
Previous ranking: 6, Weekly record: 2-2
The Gators started the week with a tough midweek loss to Jacksonville before taking care of business against Kentucky over the weekend to clinch a share of the SEC regular season title.
5. Vanderbilt (44-9)
Previous ranking: 7, Weekly record: 2-1
The Commodores bounced back from their series loss to Florida in strong fashion, hitting the road over the weekend to take two of three from Georgia.
6. Georgia Tech (39-17)
Previous ranking: 8, Weekly record: 2-2
The Yellow Jackets started the week with a tough midweek loss to East Tennessee State before taking care of business against Virginia Tech on the road over the weekend.
7. Oregon State (38-14)
Previous ranking: 4, Weekly record: 1-2
The Beavers finally had a tough weekend on the diamond, dropping a tough home series to suddenly more motivated USC. They need to finish the regular season with a series win over rival Oregon.
8. Florida State (40-15)
Previous ranking: 5, Weekly record: 1-2
The Seminoles had a golden opportunity to really help their case for a national seed over the weekend. However, they dropped two of three to Clemson and now have much work to do.
9. TCU (40-15)
Previous ranking: 10, Weekly record: 4-0
The Horned Frogs put together another fabulous week. They defeated Oral Roberts in midweek action before hitting the road and doing a clean sweep of New Mexico.
10. North Carolina (44-12)
11. Texas A&M (38-18)
Previous ranking: 9, Weekly record: 2-2
Previous ranking: 15, Weekly record: 4-0
The Tar Heels finished the regular season in style with a home series sweep over Virginia that likely sealed their fate as a national seed in the NCAA tournament.
The Aggies began the week with a midweek triumph over Texas-Arlington
before dropping two of three to rival Texas in a hard-fought series.
A&M still earned a share of the Big 12 title.
12. Cal State Fullerton (37-14)
Previous ranking: 11, Weekly record: 1-0
The Titans had a light week on the diamond. They had a midweek game against UCLA cancelled before they cruised past Loyola Marymount in a midweek about.
13. Arizona State (38-14)
Previous ranking: 13, Weekly record: 2-1
The Sun Devils hit the road over the weekend and took two of three from a weak Washington club. They need to finish the regular season in solid fashion to earn a national seed.
14. Clemson (39-17)
Previous ranking: 16, Weekly record: 3-1
The Tigers made a solid statement to end the regular season. They defeated Davidson in midweek action before hitting the road and taking two of three from Florida State.
15. Rice (38-18)
Previous ranking: 22, Weekly record: 3-1
The Owls put together a great week to end the regular season, beating Texas State in midweek action before hitting the road and taking two of three from Southern Mississippi.
16. Oklahoma (40-15)
Previous ranking: 13, Weekly record: 1-2
The Sooners had a chance to end the regular season in style, but dropped a tough road series to suddenly red-hot Baylor. OU now has much work to do to earn an NCAA Regional host.
17. Connecticut (39-15)
Previous ranking: 19, Weekly record: 3-1
The Huskies took care of Rhode Island in midweek action before hitting the road and taking two of three from Cincinnati to end the Big East regular season.
18. Miami (34-20)
Previous ranking: 20, Weekly record: 2-2
The Hurricanes dropped a midweek bout to Florida Atlantic before returning to their winning ways over the weekend against Duke to end the ACC regular season.
19. Troy (40-16)
Previous ranking: 21, Weekly record: 3-1
The Trojans had a solid week that ended with a Sun Belt regular season title. They defeated Samford in midweek action before taking two of three from South Alabama.
20. Southern Mississippi (38-15)
Previous ranking: 18, Weekly record: 1-2
The Golden Eagles had a chance to win the Conference USA regular season crown outright over the weekend, but dropped a tough home series to surging Rice.
21. Kent State (39-14)
Previous ranking: 23, Weekly record: 3-1
The Golden Flashes finished the regular season in solid fashion. They defeated Cleveland State in midweek action before taking two of three from Akron.
22. Florida International (37-17)
Previous ranking: 24, Weekly record: 2-1
The Golden Panthers fell just short of the Sun Belt regular season title, but still had a solid week that included a solid home series win over Florida Atlantic.
23. Arkansas (36-18)
Previous ranking: 25, Weekly record: 3-1
The Razorbacks finished the regular season in solid fashion. They defeated Tennessee-Martin in midweek action before taking two of three from Mississippi.
24. UCLA (31-20)
Previous ranking: NR, Weekly record: 2-1
The Bruins have a plethora of pitching and took a step forward over the weekend with a solid home series win over California. They need to finish the regular season in solid fashion.
25. Fresno State (37-14)
Previous ranking: 14, Weekly record: 1-3
The Bulldogs had a tough week on the diamond. They started it with a win over Nevada before getting swept in ugly fashion by Cal State Bakersfield over the weekend.
Kendall Rogers is the managing editor of college baseball for Perfect Game USA and has covered the sport for over 10 seasons. He can be reached at email@example.com